Editor’s Note: The Clinton email threat set forth below as belatedly produced by Clinton is less than crisp because that is all that was publicly available, but ti seemed that our readers would want to see the actual email thread nonetheless and not merely be told second hand what it said.
Hillary Clinton and the State Department are under a court order to produce Clinton’s emails from her own email private server in “batches.” The latest batch was to be produced by December 31. Without explanation, the court ordered deadline was missed.
Instead the batch was not furnished until last week—literally in the middle of the night, no less. The better to give investigators a chance to overlook something in the batch? Included in this batch was the following email thread (read from bottom up), ending with Hillary’s instruction “Turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure”:
It should come as no surprise that this latest email thread has had all eyes turning. Appearing on Face the Nation this past Sunday, Hillary sought to employ her typical strategy: Downplay; deflect; deny.
Clinton said her opponents were just trying to find anything “to throw against the wall and see what sticks” but insisted “there is no there, there.” Isn’t that cute, clever and cunning (two can play this game of three words in succession with the same first letter—there is no there, there)?
Okay, so there is no there, there. Glad we got that cleared up. Work for you? All better now? Just another false accusation on the part of her opponents (and now even some of her adoring media) explained away to your satisfaction? Green light again to support Hillary?
Let’s see, then. When emailgate first broke, Hillary swore (trust me, she said) she never, ever, ever, never, ever used her private email server to send or receive classified information. No way, she said, because, as Secretary of State, and the skilled lawyer that she is, she knew such transmissions would have been a violation of State Department regulations, if not federal law as well. Hey, why wouldn’t Hillary use this never, ever line? It worked beautifully for Taylor Swift. Taylor made millions with it: “We are never, ever, ever, never, ever getting back together—again.”
As with Taylor, the key to her hopeful admirers was the word “again.” Hillary swore she never, ever, but then subsequently had to apologize to her admirers for her “innocent mistake.” But just which innocent mistake was that?
The use of her private email server to send and receive classified information, at least 1,000 times (actually 999, but who’s counting?) so far, and more batches of emails still to be produced (repeat after me, 1,000 times, “that was just an innocent mistake”)
her innocent mistake not recalling she had done that, 1,000 times no less–until the subsequent court order to produce the emails forced her to “recall” her prior 1,000 “innocent mistakes?
Now, Hillary wants to say the document she was seeking in the email thread in question (above) contained no classified information and/or was never sent to her unclassified in any event notwithstanding her perfectly clear email instruction (above). So, the document didn’t transmit through her unclassified personal email server in the first place because it didn’t contain any classified information. Then why didn’t it transmit unclassified? And why did she need to send an email instructing her subordinate at the State Department (now working for her campaign) to game the system so it would transmit to her unsecured (in violation of State Department regulations), precisely as she now says didn’t happen in spite of her clear instruction to her subordinate? If it contained no classified information, why wasn’t it sent to her as she instructed?
And, are you comforted by Hillary’s statement that she didn’t receive the information, this from the same person who innocently “forgot” that she had sent and received at least 1,000 emails in violation of State Department regulations? Any chance that she might be innocently “forgetting” that she received this one too?
Whether the transmission was or was not sent is not really the question, as John Dickerson put it to Hillary on Face the Nation this past Sunday:
“What’s striking about that particular e-mail is it suggests you were very facile with how to do this, [to circumvent] this process. You knew the instructions about how to get around the restrictions for sending classified information. So you’re saying there was never an instance, any other instance in which you did this?”
Dickerson’s obvious point was what in the world was Hillary doing clearly trying to circumvent State Department regulations, if not federal law as well?
Her bumbling answer: Downplay; deflect; deny. “There is nothing there, there.” (Smile, laughter. Guess she thinks her sense of humor makes her more down to earth, a person of the people, trustworthy. (Watching the interview, I was waiting for her to bat her eyelashes, but she stopped short of that—might not have been politically correct to display and play on her feminine guile.)
If a best-selling political thriller novelist submitted a manuscript reading this way to his publishers, they’d turn it down as beyond belief. Unfortunately, sometimes reality is stranger than fiction!
Will anything come of this sordid business? Unless Hillary’s indicted over this (and why in the world would the Democratic administration be willing to do do that to their front runner?), I would guess this latest saga will have little, if any, impact on the 2016 Presidential campaign. The fact is there are just too many voters out there who don’t want to be bothered trying to understand servers and such. And what we all know is just another “fake” controversy unfairly aimed at Hillary because that’s what Hillary assures all of us. Downplay, deflect and deny. Those who were going to vote for her no doubt still will. But do you think they’d still buy a used car from her?
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